Brave New Family contains an early Chesterton short story, "Homesick at Home" (It's also contained in the collected works).
A man travels around the world to get back home, searching for what he already had.
The story reminded me of an assignment a spiritual advisor gave me.
I tend to be a cynical, sarcastic sort, prone to wallowing in the shadows too much.
So my assignment was to write down at least three things I was grateful for each day. They didn't have to be profound things, just things that brought me a sudden flash of joy.
It hasn't been easy!
Here's a few:
riding my bike
rabbits along the bike trail
dad moving to a rehab unit
a teaching contract for next year
riding the New York-Vermont ferry
White Face Mountain through the mist
a baby at Mass
a man complimenting some things I wrote
fireworks over Mirror Lake
a bat circling me
Gilbert magazine arriving with one of my clerihews in it
gold finches at the bird feeder
rereading To Kill a Mockingbird
birds building a nest outside my father's hospital room
Maybe I don't need to go searching for a "White Farmhouse by the river" after all.